For their third consecutive year, Cosmo Tech participated in Challenge Contre la Faim (Action Against Hunger) on Friday, 22 June.
Established in France in 1979 by a group of French doctors, scientists, and writers, Action Against Hunger (ACF in French) is a global humanitarian organization committed to ending world hunger. The organization helps malnourished children and provides communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger. ACF saves lives by preventing, detecting, and treating severe acute malnutrition, particularly in emergency conflicts situations. The organization has an integrated approach with various sectors of intervention such as Nutrition and Health; Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene; Food Security and Livelihoods; and Emergency Response. ACF is currently present in 51 countries.
The sunny day provided the perfect setting for participants, who had the options of running, walking, or doing Zumba or yoga. 28 Cosmonauts participated this year out of close to 700 participants total, including CEO and co-founder, Hugues de Bantel.
“Cosmo Tech encourages its employees to participate in events that aim to give back to the community and have a positive impact in our society. Challenge contre la faim aligns with the values that we promote here at Cosmo Tech, such as a team spirit and enthusiasm as well as celebrating diversity and giving the best of ourselves to impact the world positively at our scale” said de Bantel. “We are very pleased and proud with the level of involvement that our Cosmonauts have shown, those who actively participated and also the ones who stayed behind to support the Company operations.”
An hour and a half of exercise accounts for one child being cured (from vital care to complete stabilization), whereas one hour allows 1,000 people to have drinkable water for 40 days. For every 6 minutes of Zumba or yoga, participants received a bracelet which equaled a donation of €15, while the time for runners and walkers was automatically generated, thanks to a microchip in their registration numbers. The bracelets were collected at the end, which is how the organization tracks the amount of money raised from every company who participated.
Last year, Cosmo Tech helped earn a total of €6,845 for the Lyon event, out of €125,715 total throughout all of France. Additional events will take place in Marseille, Nantes, and Toulouse before the final amount for this year is announced.
Cosmo Tech is looking forward to upholding their tradition with ACF next year, with more Cosmonauts than ever.